L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

Loreal True Match

Not bad for $5! I wasn’t expecting much from this for the price point, but L’oreal’s True Match ended up surprising me.

The product itself is pretty small, but the makeup is very watery, and you don’t need very much of it to get coverage. Application is easy: despite being watery, the product spreads evenly without too much effort — you won’t have many creases or areas where the product simply stops. A brush can negate any of the issues you might have with the spread. It dries quickly, and plays well with other moisturizers and makeup.

There’s a ton of shades for this product. Now, what’s weird was that I had N1 — it went on a tad too “bright” with pink undertones, and I was concerned that I was going to look too pale for the rest of the day, but within 10 minutes the product had oxidized yellow just enough to actually match my skin color exactly. So that might be something to keep in mind while choosing your shade: what you see on your skin initially might not be your end result.

Given that it was watery, my assumption was that the coverage would be light, but it was a lot more medium than I expected. I didn’t find that this had any particular type of finish — it was just flat, normal makeup, not skewing either dewy or matte. Works for me! And, to the same end that I thought this coverage would be light, I also thought the longevity would be short as well, but it’s actually held up a lot longer than some of my super-stay 24/25 hour makeups. Heck it’s gone to the gym on my face, and still stuck around afterwards without oil breakthroughs or clinging to dry patches.

No break outs for me with this product. Also it’s got SPF, so that’s… cool. Side note, I think it’s funny how they always add in random amounts of SPF, like 17, 18. I am pretty sure I read somewhere that anything under 30 is more or less ineffective, so I don’t really… get it… I suppose it’s a nice placebo effect for the consumer.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with this foundation. It’s not going to change your life by any means in terms of finish, but it’s extremely effective for such a tiny, cheap product. ~A

For this small and simplistic foundation, click here: https://amzn.to/2REUUvU

Perceived efficacy: 5/5

Longevity: 4.5/5

How much I actually like this product: 4.5/5

 

Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder

Wet N Wild Highlighting

When the highlighting game really started to pick up steam, I grabbed both this product in Precious Petals and the MegaGlo Makeup Stick. This won out against the MegaGlo stick as far as my personal preferences go, and really changed my perception of Wet n Wild as a brand. The 10+ hour longevity of shine on this product, and the simplicity of application to get a full look, are both a 5/5 for me. This is now a permanent fixture in my makeup bag. I haven’t seen any signs of powder fall from my face.

I use a smaller angled contour brush and swipe it a little bit under my eyes and occasionally under my eyebrows. Considering I use this almost daily, I still have about half of the powder left, and it’s been close to a year. For $5… not too bad! I’ll be sad if they ever discontinue it (although, the highlighting trend is bound to die off at some point… right?)

There are several shades of this product. My favorite is Precious Petals, I think that has the best glow. I’ve also used Blossom Glow, but I didn’t think the coloration looked as good on my skin. Finally, I’ve tried White Raven, which I think was a limited edition. I’m not sure what I had in my head when I bought it in terms of what I was going to do with it, because it was really… white. Duh! It still did the job as well as Precious Petals in terms of holding up, just wasn’t a color I ever should have bought in the first place.

Without being too “loud”, this powder highlighter makes a long-lasting statement, and I recommend every makeup fan to pick up this $5 buy. ~A

Perceived efficacy: 5/5

Longevity: 5/5

How much I actually like this product: 5/5

Orly Breathable vs. Orly (Standard Formulation)

 

Orly BreathableOrly

Full disclosure, I didn’t really get into the nail polish game until recently. I thought buying a $2 of Sinful Colors from Big Lots was a Big Deal (ok, some of their colors ARE good, if you don’t mind reapplying every single day). I’ve been trying to step up the price point a little to see if it increased longevity: the results have, surprisingly, been mixed. What I should have called this article was “why would anyone buy the standard formulation and not the Breathable formulation?” I have three colors in each of the two formulations and they’re all variants of white/nude/pink. Here’s what Breathable gets right:

  • the color is easy to spread on application — I even had a few instances of “perfect on the first stroke”, a rare feat for someone who doesn’t consider themselves proficient at coloring in the lines;
  • the color itself is GREAT — it’s very vibrant, or very true to the actual color that you see in the bottle;
  • Lasts close to a week without chipping

The standard formulation does none of this. The color is blah, and it’s not even right. It’s impossible to spread. And, after all that work you’ve done to put it on, it lasts for… a day, if I’m being generous.

I usually only buy Orly colors when they go on sale or they’re on clearance, so I should have realized sooner than checking it five seconds ago on Google that Breathable has a higher price point ($10) than the standard ($8). But the standard is BAD, so if you’re going to pay full price, shill out the two extra bucks and go for the Breathable. ~A

 

Standard

Perceived efficacy: 2/5

Longevity: 1/5

How much I actually like this product: 1/5

 

Breathable

Perceived efficacy: 5/5

Longevity: 4.5/5

How much I actually like this product: 4.5/5